Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 05:07pm
Broad still reeling from injury
An honest Broad has revealed how he is seeing a psychologist, and is still being woken up by nightmares, after he was hospitalised by the blow during the fourth Test in Manchester.
The 28-year-old was lucky to escape with no more than extensive damage to his nose, as well as two large black eyes, when he top-edged the ball through the grille of his helmet.
"I get nightmares still and I wake up thinking I have been hit in the face by a ball," he said.
"Even when I get tired I see balls flying at me. My jaw clicks from it and if I have two glasses of wine I have black eyes."
The mental effects of the incident are, however, perhaps most stark with some suggestions that it has affected his batting since.
"I am working with the psychologist on focusing about my process rather than the other stuff," he added.
"It probably has affected me more (than just the facial injuries). It was a decent blow."
While Broad has since appeared to show signs the incident is restricting his batting - notably during the eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand a fortnight ago - his lean run in one-day internationals is not new.
He has not scored more than 30 in an ODI since August 2007 and while his batting has drawn criticism he denies he should be viewed as an all-rounder.
"No, I don't think so. I don't have the talent," he said, despite having a Test century to his name against Pakistan in 2010.
"I certainly am looking to contribute in the Tests more heavily next summer - it's something to work hard on."
Broad's revelations come amid a World Cup in which he admits he has, most importantly, fallen below his best with ball in hand.
The right-armer has not taken a wicket since he claimed two in two balls against Australia in the opening-night defeat in Melbourne.
New-ball partner James Anderson is also short on wickets to create a major concern where England might have expected to hold an advantage at this World Cup.
"Neither of us have got the results we want but we also know we're the sort of bowlers that - well I am certainly the sort of bowler that can have a lean patch and then I get a handful," Broad said.
"Touchwood there are handfuls (of wickets) coming our way in the next few games."
Broad believes he needs to get back to what has made him one of the world's most effective wicket-takers, starting with next Monday's must-win clash with Bangladesh in Adelaide.
"I have been a bit too interested in what opposition strengths are but I think as a team we can rack all that off now," he said.
"What has got me to 500 international wickets? Because I bowl decent pace at top of off stump and can set people up with the bouncer.
"I know I have got a good bouncer, I need to use it."
England's lack of aggression during their faltering World Cup campaign so far has been notable, with some suggestions that the young squad are simply too nice. Broad agrees there is some resonance in those suggestions.
"Genuinely, I don't know how much you've met a lot of the guys - it's the nicest bunch of blokes," he said.
"Everyone gets on really well with everyone, but maybe in the field we do need guys to come out of themselves a bit more.
"You might have noticed the other day that me and Jimmy were fielding on the boundary and then moved ourselves into the inner ring because it felt like the batsmen were just having a net. No-one was helping anyone else out there."
Broad revealed it was a concern that coach Peter Moores has attempted to address during the World Cup.
"Mooresy has quite cleverly tried to extract that - he's not doing a lot of the talking all the time because we've got guys who wouldn't say boo to a goose," he said.
"It can be quite a nerve-racking thing to speak to a big group. We're trying to get different voices to speak to the group.
"For me and Jimmy it doesn't faze us because we've been around a long time, but it's important for the likes of Woakesy or Jos (Buttler) to come out and say something. It's very unnatural for them to do that."
Buttler took over as England's vice-captain at the start of the tour Down Under, although Broad revealed he was unaware of the appointment.
"I didn't know that," he said. "I thought it had gone out of the game."
Broad is England's Twenty20 captain and admits he is unsure if he will remain in the job - which he has done infrequently in the recent past after being rested in series for the shortest format.
"I'm still the Twenty20 captain but it will interesting to see what happens after this World Cup," he said.
"At best I am going to have one Twenty20 World Cup in me. The next one (after India next year) is not for six years. So I've not thought long term about it."
:: Stuart Broad was with Hardys Wine at their Tintara Winery, selecting the wines to be sold at this summer's Ashes Series. www.hardyswines.com.
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England's Stuart Broad is still reeling from last summer's facial injury